Zero-Waste Composting

Get the dirt on zero waste composting

What is Zero-Waste Composting?

Zero-Waste Composting is a comprehensive approach to composting that requires we first make efforts to eat the food we buy, then compost as close to the source as possible, and only collect what is left. All of this is done to preserve and create soil, a rapidly depleting resource that our lives depend on.

A strong zero-waste composting movement is built in comprehensive partnership with public, private, nonprofit and grassroots organizations, allowing it to meet the unique needs of each community. This is how composting is started, supported and embraced by communities for the long term.

New Zero-Waste Composting Report

On May 18, 2013, Eureka Recycling released its newest report, Zero-Waste Composting: How Food Waste Can Help Conquer Climate Change and Prevent Disease.

Executive Summary and Condensed Report (34 pages)
Executive Summary and Full Report (92 pages)
Report Press Release, May 18, 2013

This is the first report of its kind to quantify the human cost of not composting: climate change and disease. The report looks at financial costs of composting and quantifies the human and environmental costs--providing a model for cities and communities to calculate the true potential of composting. It offers a comparative analysis of the different methods for composting as well as the benefits of preventing food waste and composting at home in backyards.

The research for the report was compiled over three years. In 2010, Eureka set out to determine the best design of a comprehensive composting program for the City of Saint Paul. This report draws on a comprehensive body of work completed since then and includes data from several pilot studies, information, data and analysis from national research partners, and Eureka Recycling experience in operating recycling program, composting programs, and providing zero-waste education. Eureka Recycling created a proposal for a comprehensive composting program in Saint Paul based on recommendations in this report.